Where do you land on this computer literacy chart?

December 7, 2016

I always hear how smart or literate our kids are when it comes to computers. This is true to a certain degree, but what I have found is that they have no fear when it comes to computers; not so much that they are any more literate about computers than any other generation. I have found that most folks are pretty much on the same level when it comes to computer literacy.

Lifehacker has posted an article (and chart) that will validate what I am talking about. Take a look at the chart and it may make you feel a little better, in comparison to others, when it comes to computer literacy skills.

Source: This Chart Shows How Computer Literate Most People Are


A Sampling Of Some Of The Most Popular Articles At What’s On My PC — and MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF (#2016-03)

January 18, 2016

A Sampling Of Some Of The Most Popular Articles At What’s On My PC – Each week on the blog I try to provide an array of topics through the Geek Squeaks’ theme. This week I was brain dead and for the life of me nothing was jumping out to get my juices going. In an effort to give myself a jump start, I decided to list some of the most popular articles at What’s On My PC. This not only got my juices going; but, it made me come to the realization that I need to re-think how I am titling my blog articles and still keep within the parameters of my Geek Squeaks’ way of life where I post multiple topics (with one main topic as the attention grabber). As a result, I am going to implement this change to see where it takes me. To get started with this week’s post, I changed the title format; and to get my juices going, I have listed a sampling some of the most popular articles at What’s On My PC. Always remember, you can perform a search to find various topics, software, etc… In the 8 years that I have been blogging, there is a good chance that if you are looking for something, I have covered it in some form or another.

Symptoms of a Failing Computer Power Supply – I discuss some of the symptoms you may experience that could indicate that your power supply is failing. This article was published back in 2010, which seems like yesterday, and much of what is reflected is still applicable today.

Shutdown, Sleep, Restart or Logoff Your Computer Using the Keyboard – Here I did a post about the built in keyboard shortcuts that you can use to shutdown, sleep, restart or logoff your Windows computer. This article is applicable to Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 users. I still get a ton of hits on this one.

Locating Your Software License Keys – Did you know that if you do a complete reinstall of the software on your PC, you will need the product license keys (or serial/registration information) for the software that you had paid for? If you did not know this, then this article will guide you on the various software options that are available that will help you out.

An Easy Way to Get the Serial Number and Disk Drive Information of Your Computer – If you follow the command prompt steps that I have reflected in this article you can get the serial number and disk drive information of your computer.

Get the last FREE version of FastStone Capture – If you do not know what FastStone Capture is, then you are missing out on some good software. This screen capture program, at one point was freeware; however, you now (current version) have to pay for the software (shareware). This is one shareware program that I recommend buying. If you do not wish to buy it, you can still grab the last FREE version.

What does the “G” represent in 3G and 4G? – There is a high probability that you own a cell phone. If so, you have probably questioned, “What is all of this 3G and 4G talk about?”. This article will help you out with this.

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A Package Of More Than 180 Portable Freeware Utilities (for Windows) – If you are the techie type, you probably have heard of the NirSoft utilities. Did you know that these utilities can be downloaded as a package and conveniently launched using what is called the NirLauncher. The NirLauncher package includes variety of tools that you may need for your daily computer use, including utilities to recover lost passwords, to monitor your network, to view and extract cookies, cache, and other information stored by your Web browser, to search files in your system, and more… This is a “must have” for the tech toolbox.

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An OS That Will Turn A PC Into An Android PC – I came across a new open source OS (operating system) that can be installed on a compatible PC or run from a flash drive called Remix OS that will turn a PC into an Android based PC. What this means is that you can run the same apps through the Remix OS that you do on your Android based phones and tablets. I will be keeping an eye on this…

Video – How To Install The Remix OS

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Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – If you do not own a wireless bluetooth speaker, you do not know what you are missing. Today, I came across an Amazon deal for people like me who is rough on things. It is the Photive HYDRA Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, that is shockproof and waterproof. At the time of this posting, the pricing was unbelievable ($39) with great customer reviews.

 Photive HYDRA Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Photive HYDRA Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

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An Exhaustive Comparison Of The Best Online File Storage Services

June 4, 2015

There are so many online file storage services these days that you can find yourself lost in the herd. To help you narrow down your choices, I recommend that you visit I Love Free Software where they have a table posted that is an exhaustive comparison of the 15 best FREE cloud storage services (i.e. Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, OneDrive, Tresorit, DataBagg, Bitcasa, ASUS WebStorage, IDrive, MEGA, pCloud, Inbox Storage, Copy.com, SpiderOak, and FlipDrive).

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I am very familiar with everyone of these services and can tell you that the cross comparison table that I Love Free Software has compiled is of great value; especially, if you do not know what services to use.

What I am finding, even with myself, I have signed up with many of these services and before I knew it I was losing track of what I had stored and where.  My recommendation, is keep it to one or two services, focus on organizing your files and focus on encrypting any sensitive files that you intend to store online.

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FEATURED TECH SITE – I Love Free Software

April 29, 2015

I Love Free Software are words I love to hear. Do you know many folks out there do not know there is actually free software available that is comparable (or better) than some of the paid versions?

Today I want to point you to a website called, ilovefreesoftware, that has developed into the best free software site on the internet. The work that the site developers put into this is unbelievable. What started out as simple reviews of individual FREE software packages has evolved into a site where (daily) they will give you 4 or 5 choices of free software options of similar function.

The listing below is just a sample of what I am talking about.  I have often told young people who are interested in the field of IT to get out there and learn the in’s and out’s of software, and ilovefreesoftware is a great place to start.

 

App Icon Resizer is a free online tool to resize android/iPhone/iPad app icons. This simple tool can resize app icons into all needed resolutions.

 

Here’s a list of 5 random quote extensions for Chrome which you can use to post random quotes when opening new tabs, creating email in Gmail and more.

 

Here are best free TeraCopy alternative software. These software copy files faster than normal, let you pause/resume copy process, and more.

 

This article talks about 4 free group study websites. Check them to study in groups and share educational resources and quizzes with each other.

 

This article talks about 5 best keylogger detector software for Windows 10. These include features like real-time keystroke encryption, proxy support & more

 

The article talks about 5 best remote access software for Windows 10. These also have features like encrypted connections, file transfers, voice chat & more

 

Transformy.io is a free online app to transform a list of data into a clean list. All you have to do is provide an example of the desired format! That’s it!

 

Here’s a list of 5 brain training extensions for Chrome which you can use to improve your brain skills.

 

treev is a free Google Chrome extension that lets you search files and folders stored in your different cloud storage services together from any webpage.

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FEATURED TECH SITE – Digital Trends

February 26, 2015

Digital Trends is your authoritative guide to the world around us. They love, live and breathe tech and explain it to you simply and clearly; featuring editors, engineers, and marketing specialists who provide unique solutions to their advertising partners. Digital Trends is hit monthly by over 20 million monthly unique visitors and growing every month — backed by the number 1 tech network on the web with almost 100 million technology influencers.

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Below you will find some of the most recent articles featured at Digital Trends…

 

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 8:15:51 ESTAccording to a post on the official website for the British Monarchy, a job listing to chauffeur Queen Elizabeth II is open for application. The live-in job naturally requires some high standards and gives the driver access to rare vehicles such as the official Bentley State Limousine.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 8:04:52 ESTAudi has introduced the all-new second-generation R8 ahead of its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Built using lightweight materials like aluminum and carbon fiber, the R8 ditches the outgoing model’s entry-level V8 and goes V10-only.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 7:55:08 ESTThe earliest examples of Sony’s Aibo robotic dog are now around 15 years old, and many are coming to the end of their short lives. Engineers specializing in keeping the Aibo’s going have been pictured at a funeral in Japan, honoring those which can’t be saved.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 7:15:09 ESTDo you know which appliances in your home take up the most energy? Instead of installing lots of individual energy-monitoring plug, Neurio is a single sensor that hooks into your electrical box.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 7:00:33 ESTWith little more than a month to go before the launch of Apple’s first ever wearable, the company’s massive marketing machine has stepped up a gear with a 12-page spread in Vogue’s March issue.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 6:15:54 ESTFor the second night in a row, mystery drones have been spotted buzzing around various landmarks in central Paris despite strict bans on such flights. The incidents follow similar happenings last year involving quadcopter flights over French nuclear plants
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 6:15:08 ESTWith the arrival of Apple CarPlay, it is more tempting than ever to compare infotainment to smartphones, but should we? No, and we want to explain why not.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 5:45:56 ESTFollowing a limited launch late last year, Viber, the popular messaging app, has released its new series of social games worldwide. The three titles are available right now for Android and iOS devices.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 5:45:25 ESTWith its population aging fast and birth rate falling, Japan is set to call on robots to help care for its senior citizens. A team of researchers in Nagoya recently unveiled the third version of Robear, a robot with a bear’s face capable of lifting adults
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 5:28:19 ESTLG has announced another new smartwatch. This time it’s a variation on the Watch Urbane, and it has a built-in LTE modem, ready to make and receive calls. However, it doesn’t run Android Wear, but WebOS instead.

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FEATURED TECH SITE – TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog

February 13, 2015

TCAT Shelbyville is the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (Shelbyville)… Their blog is one of my daily reads; and, if I was just about 35 to 40 years younger this is the college that I would be heading to in order to cement a career in information technology. Steve Mallard is the Lead IT Manager (and TCAT Shelbyville Blogger); and, for whatever reasons, has always supported What’s On My PC. I am thinking myself and Steve are quite alike (possibly close in age) and both know, after being in the IT field, it is important that IT students know that the learning and passion can never stop or you will be left behind the curve (and possibly in the unemployment line). I sense that he impresses this on his students…

TCAT Shelbyville - Technical Blog

The past couple of weeks, the TCAT Shelbyville (blog) has been on a roll with their blog posts that has hit the WOW factor…Below you will find a sampling of their recent posts. ALSO, on a further note, if you have a kid that has a geek side to them, I strongly suggest that you give the Tennesse College of Applied Technology at Shelbyville a good look. I really do not think you will regret it…

Windows 10 – GodMode is back and you can put it on a flash drive

60 Minutes Overtime – New search engine exposes the “Dark Web”

How to repair the boot loader on your HDD or SSD

Excellent playlist for Server 2008 R2

What’s Running 3.0?

Don’t daisy chain switches

What is really new in Windows 10 – Changelog

Improve network performance

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FEATURED TECH SITE – AnandTech

February 4, 2015

AnandTech serves the needs of readers looking for reviews on PC components, smartphones, tablets, pre-built desktops, notebooks, Macs and enterprise/cloud computing technologies. AnandTech is the largest independent technology website doing all of this with over 12 million unique readers per month. If you are into TECH; then, you know about AnandTech. Below is a sampling of reviews and articles found on their site.

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The Google Nexus 9 Review

Imagination Creator CI20 Now Shipping With Spec Bump & Kodi Support

ARM Announces Cortex-A72, CCI-500, and Mali-T880

Intel Launches SSD DC S3610 & S3710 Enterprise SSDs

Razer Updates The Razer Blade With More RAM and GTX 970M

Nokia Lumia 735 Review

Verizon Galaxy S5 Receiving Lollipop Update

Raspberry Pi 2 Available: ARMv7 and Windows 10

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